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For other uses, see Manger (disambiguation).
Nativity at Night by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c. 1490, after a composition by Hugo van der Goes of c. 1470. Sources of light are the infant Jesus, the shepherds' fire on the hill behind, and the angel who appears to them.

A manger, or trough, is a feeder that is made of carved stone, wood, or metal construction and is used to hold food for animals (as in a stable). Mangers are mostly used in livestock raising. They are also used to feed wild animals, e.g., in nature reserves, or as a makeshift bed for Baby Jesus. The word comes from the French manger (meaning "to eat"), from Latin manducare (meaning "to chew").[citation needed]

A manger is also a Christian symbol, associated with nativity scenes where Mary, forced by necessity to stay in a stable instead of an inn, placed the baby Jesus in a manger.[1] (Greek: φατνη phatnē; Luke 2:7).


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  1. ^ William, Francis Dawson (1902). Christmas: Its Origin and Associations. E. Stock. Retrieved 2014-12-25. 

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Abreuvoir at Wikimedia Commons
  • The dictionary definition of manger at Wiktionary